Change Team to Transform the Delivery of Primary Care

by twhynot 31. January 2013 13:21

The Change Team is a multidisciplinary team of clinical staff in Dimock's Adult Medicine department working to transform the way we deliver primary care. Funded by the Harvard Medical School Primary Care Innovations Center, the Team consists of Dimock nurses, doctors, medical assistants, social workers, patient access coordinators, students and quality improvement staff.

The goal of the Team is to plan and test ways to redesign the Adult Medicine clinic into a patient-centered medical home. The primary focus of the first year of work is to improve the rates of cancer screening (pap smears, mammograms and colon cancer screenings), improve patient experience and improve staff satisfaction.

What is Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH)? It is a model of delivering health care in a coordinated way by a whole care team, driven by the needs of the patient. With a fully implemented PCMH model, adult medicine patients will experience:

  • Efficient visits in which staff offers preventive health maintenance alongside acute care needs;
  • Communications from hospitals and specialists available in Dimock's electronic medical record in a timely manner;
  • A focus on health goals set together by patients and clinical staff;
  • Care from an entire team of clinical staff: nurses, doctors, medical assistants, schedulers, social workers.


Beyond building the foundations of PCMH, the Change Team has begun to build a new approach to improving quality in the department. Using a "small tests of change" approach, the Team has practiced preparing for patient visits, employed interactive formats for staff meetings designed to spur new ideas and piloted a new urgent care phone line to get patients' requests to the right staff member.

The Team currently convenes weekly and is excited about the endless possibilities for Dimock patients.

 

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The Red Sox Foundation Celebrates MLK Day at Dimock

by twhynot 31. January 2013 13:18

On January 21, 2013 the Red Sox Foundation (RSF) celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at The Dimock Center with more than 100 volunteers working to beautify our campus.  Among the volunteers were Red Sox Executive Vice President/General Manager, Ben Cherington, and new Red Sox Manager John Farrell.

In a matter of hours the men's unit in Dimock's Detox program, including bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a hallway and the community room were cleaned and painted with heartfelt care.  In addition to the men's unit, RSF volunteers also painted six bedrooms in our Mary Eliza Mahoney Family Shelter and a hallway in our women's Detox unit. 
 
Over the years artist Howie Green has graciously provided the mural designs that brighten the hallways of many of the buildings across Dimock's campus. In honor of the RSF Day of Service, Howie sketched a beautiful mural in the women's Detox unit that was painted by RSF volunteers.  The end result was a beautiful heart shaped mural for our clients and staff to enjoy.

Guests living in our family shelter and Detox programs were treated to lunch and received personal gift bags from the Foundation.  To end the day, Mr. Farrell shared a motivational message with our Detox residents that provided a source of inspiration to everyone in the room.
 
Our newly painted walls, rooms and murals in the Mary Eliza Mahoney Family Shelter and Detox building now provide a bright and welcoming space for our residents and staff.  Our special thanks to Gena Borson and Justin Prettyman from the Foundation for working diligently to make this day a tremendous success.
 
As always, the Red Sox Foundation has gone beyond the call of duty and we appreciate their loyal commitment to The Dimock Center, to our beautiful campus and to all of the patients, clients and families we serve.

Click below to view the Red Sox Foundation’s service day video featuring Dimock!: http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=25576569&c_id=mlb 

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Dr. Minter-Jordan receives “Outstanding Physician of the Year” by the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers

by twhynot 14. November 2012 11:38

President/CEO Search

by twhynot 28. September 2012 09:07

The Dimock Center, a leader in providing health and human services to Boston’s urban neighborhoods, seeks a President/CEO.  Recognized nationally as a model for the delivery of comprehensive health and human services in an urban community, The Dimock Center is dedicated to enhancing the health, well-being and potential of every individual it serves.  Located on a nine-acre campus in Roxbury, with several off-site residential locations, Dimock serves over 75,000 members of the Greater Boston community annually.

Dimock’s Health Center programs deliver comprehensive health maintenance, screening, immunization, and prevention services for adults and children in specialized clinics focused on women’s health/ob-gyn, pediatrics, adult medicine, eye care, dental care and community care/HIV/AIDS. The Center’s Child and Family programs offer Head Start, Early Head Start and School Readiness services, as well as adult education classes and computer training. Dimock’s Behavioral Health programs support those struggling with mental illness, developmental delay, substance abuse and violence issues. The Center also provides on-campus residential programs for men and women moving toward independent living and a shelter supporting 26 families preparing for permanent housing.  For many individuals and families, participation in Dimock’s programs and services literally saves lives.  Dimock’s current budget is $30 million, with 350 FTE’s.

In collaboration with the Board of Directors, the President/CEO provides strategic vision and leadership for The Dimock Center.  The President/CEO is responsible for the overall management of this fiscally stable and operationally strong organization. The Center views itself as a thought leader in the evolution of healthcare and the President/CEO must stand out as a spokesperson for this leadership initiative and continually enhance Dimock’s reputation in this regard. S/he collaborates closely with the accomplished senior management team in establishing the annual and long-term goals around program development and budgets, quality assurance systems, licensing and accreditation processes, and fundraising efforts. The successful candidate must be a strategic leader and manager with a proven track record of leading large, complex, mission-driven organizations.  S/he is expected to bring programmatic vision, strategic ability, and strong fiscal, development, and operational management skills to The Dimock Center.   

All inquiries should be directed to http://www.imsearch.com/OpenDetails.asp?JobID=S4-620

Nominations, and applications, including a resume and cover letter can be sent in confidence to:

 

Michelle Cruz-Williams, Vice President & Director

Monroe “Bud” Moseley, Vice President & Director

Carolyn K. Plant, Senior Associate

ISAACSON, MILLER

263 Summer Street, 7th Floor

Boston, MA 02210

E-mail: Dimock@imsearch.com

 

The Dimock Center is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer

For more information about The Dimock Center, please visit www.dimockcenter.org

 

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Women's Health Practitioner Selected for Kraft Center Program

by twhynot 27. September 2012 16:30

The Kraft Center for Community Health was established in 2011 with the objective of expanding Partners HealthCare's access to high quality care for low and moderate income Massachusetts residents. In order to offer such care, The Center has designed a program to foster leadership development among community health center practitioners.

As part of the initial practitioner program, Aisling Lydeard, Women's Health Nurse Practitioner at The Dimock Center, will have 20% of her time released from clinical care to expand her knowledge of community health practice and policy, to conduct a quality improvement project at Dimock and to interact with mentors and peers.

Aisling's goal with the support of the Kraft Mentorship program is to be able to implement centering in Dimock's Obstetrics & Gynecology department. Centering is a patient focused model of care based upon the very simple idea of group visits. This model has had remarkable success in decreasing preterm birth and low birth weight. 

All prenatal care will be incorporated into group visits. This includes breast-feeding, birthing classes, nutrition classes and WIC enrollment. The centering group would also provide a support system that is so desperately lacking for so many of our women.

"I am very excited to be a part of this program which gives me the opportunity for professional development and building leadership skills as well as addressing health care disparities within our community," expressed Aisling.
 

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Classical Music Incorporated in Treatment

by twhynot 31. July 2012 09:58

Created in the Western world centuries ago, classical music takes on a new connotation at The Dimock Center. Allen Spivack, Director of the Goddard Women's Programs, has incorporated the classical sounds of Bach and Beethoven into our women's residential recovery programs. Shelter Music Boston, a not-for-profit performing arts organization founded by violinist Julie Leven, arrives on campus monthly to perform for the women.

Leven is also joined by violinist Julia McKenzie and violist Rebecca Strauss. Together they perform 3-5 pieces while incorporating discussion of composer, era and instruments. The relatable demeanor of the trio helps put the women at ease as they begin a journey of uncharted territory.

"Music is the perfect vehicle for the women to experience feelings long suppressed by addiction, trauma and abuse. It allows them to enter an emotional space that is safe and enjoyable. The music washes over them and they feel something positive happening. They don't need to verbalize what that sensation is, yet it starts to make affective experiences more accessible. And for many of our residents, this is their first classical music experience," said Spivack about the monthly concert experience.

Leven, McKenzie and Strauss instill hope in the women while enlightening their senses for a new genre of music not so common today. You can find Shelter Music Boston performing throughout the city at such places as Shattuck Shelter, Pine Street Inn, and Boston Healthcare for the Homeless.


To learn more about Shelter Music Boston please click here. 

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